WS NSW received a note from Sandra Auprince to share how well her son Michael (pictured below) had been performing over in Alabama:
I am just writing to let you know about the successes of Michael Auprince at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament which was held at Southwest Missouri State University (USA) from the 15th to the 17th of March.
Michael plays for the University of Alabama and they overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half of the finals to defeat Wisconsin-Whitewater University, 69-65. This means that the men’s wheelchair basketball team from the University of Alabama are the national champions for only the second time.
Michael finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds and was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
It should also be noted that he was named in the 2nd All-American team as well as being honorably mentioned in the All-American Academic team.
There are two other Australians in the Alabama team – Jordan Bartley from Brisbane and Ryan Morich from WA.
CJ McCarthy, who is also a Wheelchair Sports member, with his team from the University of Texas Arlington, finished in third place.
Annabel Lindsay, another Australian from Canberra, was part of the women’s team from the University of Texas Arlington which won the women’s tournament.
Thanks for the update Sandra and congratulations to Michael on your outstanding success. Michael is currently back in Australia and we wish him and his team, the Wollongong Roller Hawks, well in the current National Wheelchair Basketball League.
Chloe Kennedy is part of the NSW Wheelchair Rugby programme and has been playing for just over 6 months. Here Chloe talks about her experiences of travelling to her 3rd tournament of 2018, the Queensland Bash hosted by Sporting Wheelies Qld.
“From Friday, 4 May until Monday, 7 May we went to the sunshine coast to play in the Queensland Wheelchair Rugby Bash. This trip was my third interstate competition, after starting the sport in February this year.
The QLD Bash mixed all of the players up into different teams and we played roughly 3 games each on Saturday and Sunday. On the Monday we were separated into our respective states; NSW, QLD and VIC.
Out of all players that participated in the bash, there were 2 of us female players. We’re proving that this sport is not just for the boys! We may get a 0.5 classification point reduction on the court, but we’re not treated any different, the way it should be.
For me, a trip like this it is so important because I get the experience of travelling and playing a sport with others who have similar injuries and function as me. All of the players are so eager to help and teach you tactics of the game, give you constructive criticism and praise your efforts.
Not only do I learn more about the game, but real life situations being in a wheelchair. The social aspect is such a positive, as you gain a sense of community and belonging, and trips away bring everyone a bit closer. We have a lot of fun together, on and off the court.
I’ve made so many good friends being involved in wheelchair rugby and I always feel stronger, physically and mentally the more I play.”
Life Member of WS NSW Judy Simpson and another of our wonderful volunteers Tom Brassil along with CEO Jim O’Brien attended a morning tea at NSW Parliament House to recognise volunteers as part of National Volunteer week.
The morning tea was hosted by the NSW Minister for Volunteering the Hon. Ray Williams MP. Volunteers play a crucial role at WS NSW and we are so lucky to have such a committed and enthusiastic group of “vollies” across all parts of our operation. A giant thank you to all our volunteers.
Congratulations to Mark Wilson (Sports Development Officer) on his selection as Team Assistant to the Australian Track team travelling to Notwill, Switzerland.
We wish Jess McMahon (Sports Development Officer) a speedy recovery from recent ankle surgery. While Jess is recuperating she is contactable via email email@example.com
Welcome to Katrina (Kat) Dieminger, an intern from Clemson University, South Carolina, studying Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Kat has joined WS NSW for a 12 week internship. Kat will be working alongside Jess on the Country Cup, Junior Wheelies Holiday Program and Tennis Series planning and working with Kathleen Nicholls on the Rugby World Championships Schools Program. You can contact Kat in the office on 02 9809 5260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org